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Australia’s response to its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council may be influenced by its bid for a seat on the council. UN Geneva

UN review puts Australia on the spot over human rights record

More than 100 countries have taken the opportunity to comment and make recommendations on Australia’s human rights record.
I’d like to build the world a home… Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

After seven chequered decades, we still need the United Nations

‎‎The United Nations was born 70 years ago, emerging from the horrors of World War II. After the failure of its predecessor, the League of Nations, the UN heralded the dawn of a new era, with the promise…
All smiles. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

Britain sells out on human rights for Chinese investment

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has arrived in the UK on an official state visit and it seems that he will largely be welcomed in most quarters. Indeed, the British Conservative government’s approach to…
Mickael, from Eritrea, sits close to a security fence on the main access route to the ferry harbour terminal in Calais, France. Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Why helping ‘economic migrants’ may help stop others becoming ‘refugees’

The European obsession with labeling people either economic migrants or refugees hampers understanding of the problems they face. Adding the role remittances play to the debate would help.
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Australia’s bid for the UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Australia is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2018 to 2020. The bid was originally made by the previous government, and…
New horizons. The immense refugee camp at Zaatari in Jordan. REUTERS/Pool

Rethinking refugee camps: turning boredom into innovation

Away from the chaos of Europe's borders, refugees are camped out in vast settlements close to their home countries and where restrictions on entrepreneurship are wasting talent and energy.

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